Canadian travelers are now faced with draconian new rules when they return to Canada. These mandatory quarantine rules are clearly intended not only to discourage Canadians from traveling, but to punish those who decide to.
Since March 2020, travel to Canada has been strictly limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Several months ago, new rules required all returning travelers to produce a negative PCR test for covid-19 taken 72 hours before they board their flight.
Now, Canada’s government is doubling down. It announced it is shutting down virtually all air travel to and from Canada until April 30th, and all international flights into Canada will be funneled into four main airports: Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Travelers will also have to test again when they arrive at the airport in Canada, and then quarantine for 14 days plus get another test on the 10 day point in their quarantine.
According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after being tested at the airport, “travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at an approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense, which is expected to be more than $2,000.”
Let that sink in for a minute. All Canadian travelers returning home from travel must now quarantine in a government approved hotel at their own expense — despite negative results of 2 PCR tests.
Canada’s health Czars are going to extraordinary lengths to enforce the new rules. Travelers testing negative after 3 days in hotel quarantine will be allowed to finish their 14-day quarantine at home, but the government is stepping up surveillance during those remaining 11 days of quarantines.
Private security firms have been hired to knock on doors of returning travelers to ensure they’re staying home, regular phone calls will be made to confirm compliance, as travelers much check in online daily.
The lack of information being provided regarding quarantine locations only seems to obfuscate an already confusing situation. If these quarantine accommodations are anything like earlier voluntary ones set up for those were unable to quarantine due to living arrangements, it’s troublesome.
In the early months of the pandemic last year, Hyunseo Cho and her husband returned home from South Korea.
At the time, they were sharing a home with a pregnant relative. Unable to afford temporary accommodations, they asked border officials for help and were transported to a hotel room where they had to spend 23 hours a day in their room and were allowed one hour of walking per day in the fenced-off hotel parking lot.
Their experience — confined by security guards, seeing only cleaning staff passing through the peep-hole in the hotel door — may be indicative of what Canadians returning from abroad will now experience.
Since the new rules were announced, several Albertans have been taken to hotels and forced to quarantine there.
On January 28th, Chris Mathis’ wife Niki returned to Calgary from a business trip in the US believing she had fulfilled the necessary test requirements to return to Canada. She boarded her flight with proof of her test, but didn’t realize that she had a Rapid Antigen Test, not the PCR type required, until she landed.
Mathis’ wife was “greeted by a police officer and an AHS official who rejected her results and told her she needed to go immediately to an isolation facility. She was told if she resisted, she would be arrested.
She was not allowed to get her vehicle from the airport, was immediately put in a white van surrounded by police escorts and taken to an unknown facility that is under full surveillance and has security at every entrance and exit.
The police officer there refused to provide Mathis with his name, badge number or the location his wife was taken to. Using her cell phone tracker, he was able to track her to the Westin Hotel in Calgary, but when he called the hotel, they denied they were a quarantine location.
Another Alberta resident Rebekah McDonald tells a similar story about her 20-year-old son Ethan, who was also held in a ‘secret’ facility against his will upon arriving in Canada from the US with a negative antigen test.
When Steve Duesing arrived in Toronto from the US on Sunday night, he was told his negative rapid antigen test was invalid, and he could either submit to 3 days of mandatory quarantine or go to jail.
He was promptly escorted by police to a fenced off hotel to await the results of his PCR test. He describes his forced quarantine hotel as an “internment camp” with a ‘detention center’ feel to it, complete with barriers, a security guard that checks every vehicle and a guard at the end of his hall.
Water and a sandwich are delivered to his room. Although he has no symptoms, he is not allowed to leave his room.
Clearly, Canada has become a ’Police State’ for the foreseeable future and its response to the pandemic has been to strip away many of the basic rights of its citizens.
Between punishing Canadian travelers and continuing crushing lockdowns that have destroyed thousands of businesses, Canadians need to start speaking up for their rights while they still can.
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